Encouragement from Christian Eggar

As I was preparing for my next topic for teen class. I was watching a scene from the movie, War Room. This movie is made by the same people who made Courageous and Fireproof. In the scene Miss Clara asks Elizabeth Jordan what her prayer life is like. Elizabeth responds with “I don’t know I wouldn’t say it’s hot or cold just in the middle.” Miss Clara then stands up to get themselves a cup of coffee. When she brings Elizabeth her cup, Elizabeth realizes that its lukewarm. So, she asks Miss Clara “Miss Clara, you like your coffee room temperature?” Clara responds by saying “Oh no mine is hot.” Then she goes on to explain that everyone likes there coffee a certain way. Some like it hot others like their coffee cold. No one, on the other hand, likes their coffee lukewarm, not even the Lord, is how she puts it.

This got me thinking. Have I been lukewarm in my prayer life? I think God is calling us to be hot or nothing. In scripture it warns us from being lukewarm. I don’t know about you, but I love my coffee hot but sometimes I like it cold. I think sometimes our prayer lives can be like coffee. Some days we are on fire for God and pray always. Other days we let things get in the way of our prayer lives. Jobs, TV, time, whatever it may be, it takes the place of conversations with God. We need to strive to be hot in our prayer lives with God. Focus on doing our best to be on fire for him. That doesn’t mean that we will always be a hot cup of coffee, so to speak. But it does mean that we at least try to warm up our coldness with conversation with God

I know I can always improve in my prayer life and so can you all! I pray every day for this congregation and am so thankful to be here! Let’s strengthen our prayer lives, not only with each other but with ourselves as well!

God Bless You,
Christian Eggar

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Prayer Requests from April 18, 2021

Prayer Requests from April 18, 2021

Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Ephesians 6:18

Larry & Sylvia Slate: Prayers for our Senior High School graduates as they soon begin a new journey. May God be with them.

Brad & Marie Clarke: Prayers for our friend, Mock. He is in emergency surgery, having health/medical issues after having a knee replacement surgery. His knee is infected and his kidneys are not working at full capacity.

Cole Litalien: Please pray for my relationship with my brother and our tolerance of each other.

Dan Dupey: Dave Hopkins needs our prayers. He is continuing to have health issues and going through some difficult times. He is having some new testing done, as well as a recent blood transfusion. Continue to pray for Sandy Priddy regarding her back situation. She, as we know, is going through a lot of pain. Pray for Larry, as well, in supporting her and having his own painful hand issues. He mentioned he would be having hand surgery in May. We need to remember to pray for Alex, the Colbert preacher, Larry Grow and Glenda Bonaiuto’s recovery, as well as Carole Fredrikson and Margie Waddell.

 From the Garden of Prayer: Please pray for my husband, Tony, to come back to the Lord and end the divorce process, immediately. Please pray for my mom, Mychelle to find peace and strength in moving forward.

David & Linda Bruner: We will be traveling the next three weeks. Please pray for safety.

Michelle Taylor: A very dear friend of mine is having some serious struggles in her marriage and asks for prayers.

Stephanie Evans: Please pray for my nephew, Jimmy Tran. He is in the hospital for diabetes.

Glenn & Judie Sanborn: Prayers for Brian Boulton. He is having a kidney transplant. Bless all those who are grieving and hurting. Thank you for the family here being together again.

Jim & Janelle Burton: Pray for my parents (Glenn & Marsha) as they make their summer trek up to Idaho.

Anita Poland: Thank you God for all our blessings.

Marsha Becker: I pray that soon COVID will be a part of history and not a part of our present.

Marci Nelson: Let’s pray for all of our children that they will know God’s love, be grateful, and seek to do his will in their lives. Praise God for his love.

Bonnie Boulton: Pray for the leaders of our country and for our country.

Craig & Deb Hengge: Please pray for safe travels, we will be gone for the next few weeks. Dave & Linda Bruner are also traveling, prayers they will have a safe and enjoyable time. Please continue to pray for my cousin who had surgery & chemo for cancer.

Wayne & Debbie Frisbie: Please pray for Chet Small. He is four years old. He broke his leg and is in a full-length cast.

Mike & Cindy Wood: We are looking forward to Mike’s dad, Fred, to come live/stay with us in May. Please pray for all of us as we prepare.

Michael & Carmen Lewis: A friend, Sally Truitt, has been declared a month free of cancer. Now she has a lump of some cancer in her throat. Please pray for encouragement & healing.

Arrty & Jen Rude: Please pray for one of my HVAC students. He and his girlfriend are going through the aftermath of a miscarriage.

AJ Stemmene: My sister, Holly is headed to rehab, Praise God! Prayers for Bob Brown. Pray also for and my daughter’s friend, Guy Patchen’s knee recovery! All our sick, the homeless, our troops, widowers & widows. Praise the Lord; my eye exam results were all good.

Scott & Karmen Rouse: We have an awesome church family—so great to see more of their smiling faces in services!

Chris & Nichole Rouse: Praise God for his guidance in decisions made, decisions to come & His peace in those decisions! God is good!

Terry & Cindy Skinner: Prayers for our plans to move to North Idaho this summer. We hope to worship here after we move.

Church Office: Please pray for Dave Hopkins. He has elevated levels in his blood that are concerning. He has been referred to a cancer specialist.

 

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Sermon: April 18, 2021

Heaven

Part 2:
“Longing for Home”

by Michael Lewis

April 18, 2021

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”  -Colossians 3:1-3

“For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.”  -Romans 8:22-23

What we should long for:

1. We long for a release from fallenness.

The story of Lazarus — John 11:1-45

The closer I get to Jesus the more I realize how far I have traveled from what God intended me to be.

2. We long for coming together.

“The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.”  -Genesis 2:18

We are made for relationships.

In the last five chapters of Revelation the word “city” appears 25 times.

“For here we do not have an enduring city”, but we are looking for the city that is to come.”  -Hebrews 13:14

3. We long for an intimacy with God.

“But your iniquities have separated you from God; your sins have hidden His face from you.”  -Isaiah 59:2

We are yet to experience true intimacy with God.

The new and amazing closeness with God.

Revelation 21:1-5; Revelation 22:3-4a

Hurting people tend to hurt other people.

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”  -Jeremiah 33:3

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Live Stream: April 18, 2021

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Bulletin: April 18, 2021

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Our Worship…

Sing and Be Happy
Do Lord
Blessed Be Your Name
Family News
Scripture: Rev. 21:1-7
On Zion’s Glorious Summit
Sing to Me of Heaven
How Deep the Father’s Love
Love Lifted Me
Lord’s Supper
Thank You, Lord
I’ll Fly Away
Video: Evermore
Message: Longing For
This World Is Not My Home
Prayer of Blessing
Firm Foundation

Church Family Update…

Remember on Sunday morning Bible class… Dale Herboldt continues to teach about angels at 9am each Sunday. Learn more about these divine creatures.

We are beginning a new food drive next Sunday for Newby-Ginnings leading up to Memorial Day… This non-profit benefiting vets returning home after their service to our country has become a favorite of our church family. Here are the items they requested: soup of any kind (but tomato is a favorite of vets); canned meats (tuna in water, chicken, beef); pork-n-beans, french cut green beans; diced tomatoes, carrots, canned potatoes (including yams); Ramen noodles (any kind, these are in great demand); cream corn, canned fruit, apple sauce, jelly and jams; boxed cereals.

Thanks for your great generosity in our offering to the new Bible camp and now it is time to roll up our sleeves… There will be a camp “Open House” next  Saturday, April 24th. The Valley congregation will be providing a lunch, and all the camp board members will be at the camp site beginning at 10am. There will be opportunities to walk the property and get an idea of what needs to be    done next. Questions for the board will be welcome. Remember, our camp board members are Chris Rouse and Alyson Klein. This next Saturday is not really a “work day,” even though there may be things to done. It is meant to be more of a let’s explore the property and consider what should be done next. There is hope of putting together a camp weekend over the Memorial Day Weekend, but that is still being explored. (Maps are available on the lobby tables.)

Thank you so much for being generous with our pantry needs… We especially need cereal and juice of any kind. PLUS, we will begin collecting bread and milk that can be kept in our freezer.

2nd Annual Ladies Retreat at the Savenac Tree Farm… October 1-3. Mark your calendars for this fun even

Post Falls LIFEgroup…. Post Falls Lifegroup is looking for new members and a co-leader. Sunday nights at 4pm. Call Anita Poland for more details.

Senior Spotlight Jesse Harlan

What is your favorite Superhero? Deadpool

What is your favorite Movie? Singing in the Rain

What is your favorite food? Fettuccini Alfredo

Senior Sunday June 6th

New Class Starting April 25

Our next series for Teen Bible Class will be War Room:
There is Power in Prayer

This series explores the power prayer has in our lives. We will be watching clips from the War Room Movie to help in our discussion!

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Prayer Requests from April 11, 2021

Prayer Requests from April 11, 2021

Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:11

Anita Poland: Keep our families, church and country in our prayers God listens. Love you all!

AJ Stemmene: Praise the Lord and thank you all for prayers for my sister. She is on the road to recovery! Pray for all the shut-ins and medical personnel! Prayers for my back. It has been out of sorts.

Dan & Teri Dupey: Blessings for the end of the school year. Continued prayers for the ongoing health issues of two brothers- in-law, Lyle Newell and Steve Peterson.

Georgette Rude: Thanks to God for trials and answered prayers, his timing is perfect.

Bonnie Boulton: Please pray for my son, Brian. He has been notified he will have a kidney soon.

Kurtis Roush: Pray I can forgive my enemies and people who anger and upset me.

Ryan & Faith Krull: Please pray for Heidi Kleinsmith, 3 year old battling a tumor on her brain stem.

Jo Allen: Praise God, Glenda’s cancer is gone! Thank you for your prayers.

Michael & Carmen Lewis: Pray for my sister and brother-in-law, Neva & Mike Russell. They are bringing his mother to stay with them because she has dementia.

Craig & Debbie Hengge: Prayers my cousin for Pete Headley. He has surgery April 19 to remove a cancerous tumor. Please pray for the family of Angie Murray. She passed away suddenly. She was in our lifegroup.

Mike & Cindy Wood: Our close family friend, Bob Runkle died on Easter. He was on Hospice care. Please be with us and his wife, Mary Beth as we grieve.

Sandy Priddy: Please pray for Larry. He suffers daily with great pain in his hands and feet.

Misty Stemmene: Please pray for AJ. He has a doctor’s appointment this Wednesday. Prayers that it all goes well.

Brad Roberts: Please pray for my childhood friend, Jim Bigelow. He is on Hospice care. Continue to pray for Alex Jahay. He has had a turn for the worse in his recovery.

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Sermon: April 11, 2021

Heaven

Part 1:
“There’s Here and Then There’s Hereafter”

by Michael Lewis

April 11, 2021

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“You may feel like your life is a big deal, but it actually it is a random blip of matter and energy in an uncaring universe.” 

  1. Eternity is  sure .
  2. Everyone goes  somewhere  after their life here.
  3.  Anybody  can go to heaven.
  4. Our eternity is our  choice .

Scriptures: Genesis 9:6; Ecclesiastes 3:11; Matt. 5:11; Mk 12:24; LK 10:20; JN 5:24, 28-29; JN 3:16; Rom 3:22; 1 JN 5:12.

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Bulletin: April 11, 2021

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Our Worship…

You Are the Song That I Sing
Victory Chant
Above All Else
Family News
Lord, I Lift Your Name On High
Get Right, Church
Great Are You Lord
Lord’s Supper
Step by Step
Heaven Came Down
Video: Resume or Referral
Lesson: There’s Here and Hereafter
When We All Get to Heaven
Prayer of Blessing
Lord, Reign in Me

Church Family Update…

The elders have decided to remove the tape from our pews to accommodate more people and so they allow them to spread out more… The elders encourage everyone to get their COVID vaccine as soon as possible. And we still need to be careful around each other. Wear your mask when you come into close contact (including when you come and go in our lobby) and try to spread out as much as possible in our auditorium. Thanks.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the a special contribution for the purchase and development of a Bible Camp in Northeast Washington… We will announce the total this morning. You will be pleased. If you have any questions about the camp, remember we have two camp board members among us, Chris Rouse and Alyson Klein; and, they welcome your questions.

2nd Annual Ladies Retreat at the Savenac Tree Farm… Is being planned for October 1st Friday-Sunday $25 per person. Mark your calendars for this fun event!

Remember on Sunday morning Bible class… Dale Herboldt is teaching about angels at 9am each Sunday. These creatures appear throughout the scriptures and yet we know so little about them. Be part of the our Bible classes for all ages.

Thank you so much for being generous with our pantry needs… We especially need cereal and juice of any kind. PLUS, we will begin collecting bread and milk that can be kept in our freezer.

Saturday, April 17th
All Youth and Families are invited to:
Hike Tubbs Hill!
Please come enjoy a day in God’s Creation!
We will be having a  Devo afterwards.
Youth Barn @ 10:00
Bring a sack lunch.

Join us every Friday 6-8pm

Youth Group is a place where you can experience fellowship, fun, and sometimes the occasional pizza!

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Encouragement from Scott Rouse

Encouraging Thought for the Week

 When it comes to faith in God, the odds are always irrelevant.

I love the Story of Gideon, building up an army of Israelites to take on a host of Midianite invaders.  The Lord said to him, “you have too many men for me to deliver Midian into their hands.  In order that Israel may not boost against me that her own strength has saved her.” (Judges 7:2)

Too many men? Did I hear you right Lord? Yes, he heard correctly. God didn’t want anything approaching even odds for this encounter.  So prior to his very first military encounter, Gideon was obliged to send almost all of his soldiers home, leaving him just three hundred men against a vast and powerful army. But we know what happened don’t we.  Using only three hundred men, the Lord easily routed the enemy.

It doesn’t matter what you are facing, people, God is more than adequate!

Scott

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